After another week off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back in action this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This will be the second race of the their 2018 playoffs, as the first event was a wild one. Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Todd Gilliland and Noah Gragson got into one another in the last turn on the final lap causing both to crash and giving the win to Justin Haley.
The GMS Racing driver has now clinched his spot into the next round. That leaves five spots open for seven drivers. The cut off spot is intense. Matt Crafton and Stewart Friesen are tied for seventh but they’re only one point above the cutoff line. Ben Rhodes is one point back while Grant Enfinger is 12 back himself.
Will any of them win Friday night’s World of Westgate 200 (9 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)? Without any Cup drivers in the field, here are the top five favorites.
He’s 35 points up on the cutoff and would rather just win and not have to fall back on his points. He has four straight top 10 finishes on the season and has two wins in seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season. In fact, out of those seven starts, he has six top five finishes including a runner-up in Vegas back in the spring.
He was first and eighth respectively in practice.
He’s hit and miss lately. Since Kentucky, he has finishes of 18th, fifth, 26th, first, 18th and third respectively. He’s been that way on 1.5-mile tracks this season too. He has four top four finishes including two wins, but also three finishes of 16th or worse. He was third in Vegas back in March and I think his No. 16 Toyota is strong again on Friday night.
He was 11th quickest in both practice sessions.
How about a win on Friday? Friesen, has six top six finishes in seven tries on 1.5-mile tracks this year. He enters this weekend with six straight top 10 finishes in his No. 52 Chevrolet. I like Friesen to contend this weekend.
He was third and 12th quickest in the two practices on Thursday.
This is his hometrack and he’s looking for revenge from the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Gragson, has 11 straight top 10 finishes on the season and a top 10 finish in six of his seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks this year. His lone finish outside the top 10 on them?
Vegas in March.
He hasn’t had the best of luck on 1.5-mile tracks this season but was third in the last race at Kentucky and had his No. 88 Ford fourth and third respectively in practice on Thursday.